April 2, 2013
Bronx, N.Y. -
A schedule that features six home games on Jack Coffey Field, including the annual match-up with New York City foe Columbia University, and road games at Temple University and Yale University, highlights the 12-game 2013 Fordham University football schedule released today.
The 2013 season, Fordham's 114th of varsity football, will mark the school's fourth with merit aid student-athletes and the second for head coach Joe Moorhead, who led the Rams to a 6-5 record last fall, the second best turnaround in the NCAA FCS. It was also be the third straight season in which the Rams will play an NCAA BCS school (Fordham played at Connecticut last fall and at Army in 2011) and the first ever 12-game regular season slate in Fordham football history.
Fordham is an associate member of the Patriot League for football but will not be eligible for the Patriot League championship in 2012. Fordham's games against League members will not count towards the standings.
Despite not being eligible for the Patriot League title (the Rams will become eligible again in 2014), Fordham will still be eligible for one of the 13 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoff at-large bids.
Moorhead will open his second season on the sidelines at Rose Hill on Thursday night, August 29, as the Rams host the University of Rhode Island Rams on Jack Coffey Field at 7:00 p.m. in the 12th meeting between the two schools (Fordham leads the all-time series, 6-5).
On September 7 the Rams welcome Villanova University, an NCAA FCS playoff team in 2012, to Jack Coffey Field. The Wildcats, a member of the CAA for football and the 2009 NCAA FCS champions, will square off with the Rams for the second straight year and 30th time overall.
The following week, September 14, Fordham hits the road for its first away contest, traveling to Philadelphia to face the Temple University Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. It will be the sixth meeting between the Owls and the Rams, the first since 1953, with Fordham winning the first five. It will also be Fordham's third straight season with a game versus a BIG EAST opponent (the Rams played at Cincinnati last fall and at UConn in 2011).
Following the Temple game, the Rams return to Jack Coffey Field to host Columbia University in the annual Liberty Cup battle on September 21. The two schools have fought for the trophy for the past eleven years, with Fordham holding a 7-4 advantage in the Liberty Cup series. As two of only three NCAA Division I institutions in New York City to sponsor football, Fordham and Columbia decided to compete for a special trophy in 2002 with the focus to honor alumni from both schools who were lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The game will also be Fordham's 2013 Homecoming Game.
The Rams return to the road on September 28, venturing out to Loretto, Penn., to face St. Francis University in just the second ever meeting between the Rams and the Red Flashes. The first came back in 1948, a 41-0 Fordham win.
Fordham opens Patriot League action the following week by hosting 2010 and 2011 Patriot League champions, Lehigh University, on October 5 for Family Weekend.
The Rams go back on the road the next week, traveling to our nation's capital to take on fellow Jesuits' Georgetown University in a Patriot League matchup on October 12. The Rams and the Hoyas will battle for the 56th time on the varsity level, the most games played against any opponent for the Rams. Fordham has won six of the past seven meetings and leads the all-time series, 32-20-3.
Following the Georgetown game, the Rams play their final non-conference game of the year as they drive up Route 95 to play Yale University in the Yale Bowl on October 19. It will be the seventh meeting all-time between the Bulldogs and the Rams, the most recent coming in 2010.
After a week off, Fordham returns to action on November 2 by hosting fellow Jesuit institution, the College of the Holy Cross, in the annual battle for the Ram-Crusader Cup. Fordham has retained the trophy for seven of the past 12 years, breaking a four-game losing streak to the Crusaders with a win in Worcester last fall.
The Rams close out the home portion of the regular season schedule the following week when Bucknell University pays a visit to Jack Coffey Field on November 9.
Fordham wraps up the 2013 schedule with a pair of road games, starting with a trip to Easton, Pennsylvania, to take on Lafayette College on November 16 in the 31st meeting between the Rams and the Leopards.
The 2013 regular season wraps up on November 23 as the Rams venture to Hamilton, N.Y., to face the defending Patriot League champions, Colgate University, in the 24th meeting between Fordham and the Raiders.
Ticket information for the 2013 season is available through the Fordham Athletic Ticket Office by calling 718-817-4759 or 855-RAM-TIXS (855-726-8499).